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Usdan Leadership Program

Usdan’s Leadership program for high school students is designed to cultivate thoughtful, independent young adults who will become the next generation of leaders in the arts. All members will have a job role and schedule that supports their interests and growth. 

The Leadership application is now closed for Summer 2022. We hope you will apply next summer!

This is an opportunity for 15–18 year olds enrolled in Usdan's 8-week session. There are limited 4-week positions available.

Leadership program students gain valuable work experience serving as mentors to younger students and assisting in camp operations. Assigned jobs are performed before and after classes, during performances and lunch, and may sometimes require students to miss a few minutes of class.

Usdan’s Leadership program includes three different job roles, and two possible schedule tracks as outlined below.  Any combination of job role and schedule track is possible. Applicants will be asked to state their interest in roles and tracks, however, the Leadership committee will decide where they will be placed. 

All members of the program will attend Usdan as a student and pay tuition. 

High school students aged 15+ in any Major are welcome to apply. Usdan’s Leadership program selection process includes an application, recommendations, and an interview. This highly selective program accepts applicants based on their leadership potential, age, enthusiasm, and interest in the arts. All students selected to be part of the program must enroll for the full 8-weeks*.

*Some 4-week positions may be available depending on enrollment.

Schedule Tracks

The Leadership Committee will choose the track of those selected to participate.

ARTS MENTOR TRACK

This selective track requires students to take a Major, as well as supervise our Festival performances. Instead of a recreational and minor activity, Arts Mentors will spend two periods mentoring younger students and assisting in Junior Major classes. Three-period Majors will mentor during their 1-period Recreational Activity. 

SCHOLAR TRACK

This track requires students to take a Major, Minor and Recreational Activity, as well as supervise our daily Festival performances.  

All tracks will be paired with a job role listed below.

 

Job Roles

The Leadership Committee will choose the job role of those selected to participate.

LEADER

Must have completed 10th grade and be 16 years old by the start of camp, with supervisory responsibilities such as monitoring younger students during Festival Performances and lunch, and escorting a group of 2nd and 3rd grade students during passing periods. Must be available for the entire 8 weeks*. Will receive a stipend of $750 at the end of the summer.

PATH MONITOR 

Must have completed 10th grade and be 16 years old by the start of camp, with supervisory responsibilities such as monitoring students during Festival Performances and during passing periods.  Must be available for the entire 8 weeks*. Receive a stipend of $600 at the end of the summer.

LEADERS IN TRAINING 

Must have completed 9th grade and be 15 years old by the start of camp, engage in program assistance and training for both positions listed above. There is no stipend for Leaders in Training.

*Some 4-week positions may be available depending on enrollment.

 

Additional Opportunity for Leadership Program students

Usdan is excited to participate in this year’s Common Ground Fellowship, in partnership with Foundation for Jewish Camp. Common Ground is an amazing professional development opportunity for teens associated with Jewish day camps across the NY area. The fellowship provides training in camper care, peer to peer support and mental health, and self-care and advocacy. The fellowship is an excellent pathway for young teens at day camp to prepare for future counselor-hood and even job opportunities outside of camp. 

Common Ground will be facilitated by trained educators from Foundation for Jewish Camp along and members of our own camp leadership. The fellowship will kick off in June at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, directly next door to Usdan.